Lazaroo – Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Apr 14, 2009 I Lazaroo.

“Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: ‘I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.’” 
(Isaiah 1:2)

I’m tempted to blame my shortcomings on the people who reared and influenced me during my childhood, Jesus.

But it was You who put those people in my life. 

You selected my parents, grandparents and family members, along with all my friends, acquaintances, neighbors, classmates and school teachers.

No, You’re not responsible for their errors in judgment nor the wrongs they committed.  But You sure knew in advance exactly what they were going to do – and You put me with them anyway.

Why?

Could it be that You knew I needed every one of those experiences – good, bad, happy and painful –

To cause me to seek You, reach out to You…and find You?
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Psalms 119:67; 1 Peter 4:1-2; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Job 7:17-21; 2 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:19-24; Acts 17:24-28

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

7 responses so far.

  1. Jeff Says:

    I believe God uses bad choices for the good (Joseph of Genesis type of thing). There is really nothing or no one to blame. It is what it is and it can be exciting to see just what God does with it.

  2. Steve Says:

    “Easy to blame,” indeed, John. But I love that you’ve chosen to praise, instead.

  3. Steve Says:

    I’m there, too, Chad. His reasons are better than ours…because they’re based on better data – not to mention He crunches the numbers a little better than we do!

  4. Steve Says:

    Great illustration, Ash!

  5. Chad Says:

    I think this has got to be my favorite one so far. I have thought to myself at times that I wonder how my life would be if I had done things different or I had different friends. That is before I really think about how things happen for a reason, which sometimes we don’t know why sometimes but it’s for the best. Sometimes I am guilty of forgetting God has a plan for us, but then I have to stop and think about it and reassure myself God is always there beside me.

  6. Ashley Says:

    I think that God uses painful experiences to develop compassion in us; to give us His heart for people. The more we experience, the easier it is for us to empathize with others who are going through the same thing. It’s like the story with the guy in the hole.

    A guy is walking down the road and he falls in a hole. He’s not hurt, but the walls are too steep and he can’t climb out. After a few hours, he begins to give up hope completely.

    Then, the guy in the hole sees his friend John walking by. ‘John! John, I’ve fallen in this hole, I can’t find my way out, can you please, please, just find me a rope or something?’ John smiles and jumps down in the hole. The first guy says, ‘You idiot! What did you do that for? Now we’re both stuck down here!’

    John just smiles and says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before. I know the way out.’

    I think that perhaps the greatest thing we can do as humans, aside from sharing the gospel, is to help each other as we go through hard times. I think our ability to learn from experiences and to reach out in love to others who are hurting in the same way is at the heart of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. They will know we are Christians by our LOVE.

  7. John Tevault Says:

    It is easy to blame, but now I know that the Lord was prepairing me for today,and everything does happen for a reason This brings to mind footprints, Praise the Lord for the times when there were only one set of prints in the sand, and when He allowed me to walk side by side with HIM.

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